It gets an A+ for consistency. I havent been there in over a decade, but nothing has changed. Thats a good thing.
Gilman always had a plain, basic look. No pictures on the walls, just tables, a counter with stools and a bakery case. The food is similar to the look a basic, good breakfast where the eggs and omelets are well-made, the bread by Acme and the pastries house-baked.
The Alaskan Omelet ($9.45) was generously filled with smoked salmon in a cream cheese sauce with bits of chopped tomato. The dill mentioned on the menu was missing. The omelet was a lovely eggy yellow with no brown spots from the grill. Very nicely done.
Red skin potatoes were sliced and nicely browned. There was a smear of sour cream on the side. Theres a choice of a breakfast pastry or ACME sourdough, whole wheat or herb toast. The apple muffin was perfectly spiced with a crisp top and crumbly center. If the scones are as good as they were ten years ago, they are very good.
The place is open early and has lots of parking. It is right off the I-80 Gilman exit making it easy to get on and off the highway. Theres a nice mixed group of people from singles, to families to seniors. Very good handicapped access due to parking situation.
The staff is efficient and knows lots of the customers by name. Theres a regular round of the room to refill coffee cups. Theres also steamed milk with almond and honey
Bring the check to the register to pay. CASH ONLY.
In addition to the regular breakfast items, a few different things on the menu include:
Bentoville - Two eggs, fresh biscuits and sausage gravy.
Potato Pancakes - with applesauce and sour cream, potatoes with herbs, onions and ham.
Gilman Grill Potatoes - Homefried potatoes with vegetables and cheese.
There are also frittatas, Hueveos Rancheros and corned beef hash.
There are some extra brunch items on the weekend menu like:
Baja Mania - Scrambled eggs with chorizo, cheese, black beans avocado and salsa. Served on a tortilla.
Crepes, buttermilk waffles, Chilequilles, special omelets
A number of versions of Eggs Benedict including:
Eggs Popeye - spinach, mushrooms, tomato
Crab & Artichoke
Eggs Al'Espanole - jack cheese, tomatoes and sauteed artichoke hearts
Eggs Nova - smoked salmon and dill hollandaise sauce
Ive never had lunch here. The soups are home made. Lots of simple burgers, salads and sandwiches including a hot opened faced oven roasted turkey sandwich served with gravy, mashed potatoes and vegetables.
Other interesting sandwiches are Spicy Meatloaf, Oven Baked Eggplant Sandwich, and a Herbed feta and cream cheese sandwich with sundried tomato and spinach grilled on ACME herb bread.
With Berkeley a center of innovative cuisine, there is nothing news worthy here just good, fresh diner type food, reliably prepared.
1300 4th Street (at Gilman)
Berkeley, CA 94701
Hours: Open Daily 6am-3pm
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